GEOTHERMAL AS AN EMISSIONS SOLUTION
Geothermal Can Play a Significant Role in State Carbon Reduction Plans; The Geothermal Energy Association (GEA) urges states to take advantage of the carbon emission reduction available through expanding geothermal power portfolios.
June 3, 2014 (AltEnergyMag)
“…[Using the carbon emission reduction available through expanding geothermal power portfolios] makes sense in light of the US EPA's proposed regulations for existing power plants that require states to substantially reduce carbon emissions...[The §111(d) regulations] give states significant leeway and include] adopting or strengthening policies to expand clean energy production, like geothermal power…[C]urrent geothermal energy production in the U.S. offsets about 14 million metric tons of CO2 from coal or 5 million metric tons from natural gas per year. The developing projects identified by GEA in April 2014, with estimated planned capacity additions of 978 MW, could help 11 states displace an additional 7 million metric tons of CO2 per year from coal or 2.3 million metric tons of CO2 per year from natural gas…[and most] of the nation's geothermal resources are still undeveloped…Even in the three leading geothermal states, a majority of the identified resources are still untapped: 50% of California's, 60% of Nevada's, and 60% of Utah's resources…” click here for more